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Working As A Solaris System Administrator

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $83,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Solaris System Administrator Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Solaris System Administrator

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Unix Engineer 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Solaris System Administrator
Consultant 2.9%
Engineer 2.0%
Top Careers After Solaris System Administrator
Consultant 3.7%
Engineer 2.9%

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Highest Solaris System Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Unix/Solaris Systems Administrator Shivam Infotech Inc. Kendall Park, NJ May 01, 2016 $113,360
Associate, Linux/Solaris System Administrator Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Aug 31, 2015 $105,993
Solaris Systems Administrator Daily News, L.P. Jersey City, NJ Dec 01, 2014 $85,000
Solaris Administrator AAC, Inc. Washington, DC Dec 07, 2009 $83,782
Solaris Administrator Secure-24, Inc. Southfield, MI Oct 02, 2016 $82,909
Solaris Administrator Maxim Technologies Inc. Hilliard, OH Feb 14, 2012 $70,000
Unix/Linux/Solaris/System Administrator Arete Systems, Inc. Rolling Meadows, IL Aug 29, 2016 $67,500
Solaris Administrator Secure-24, LLC Southfield, MI Sep 17, 2016 $66,872 -
$80,363
Systems Administrator/SUN Solaris Amsol Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 11, 2011 $66,061
Linux/Solaris Systems Administrator Health Information Management Corp Durham, NC Oct 29, 2013 $60,000

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Top Skills for A Solaris System Administrator

  1. Veritas
  2. Web Application
  3. File System Management
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  • Managed File system using VERITAS volume manager 5.0.
  • Performed UNIX/NT system administration and monitoring using Patrol and other NMS products for AT&T ACS Web Application Infrastructure.
  • Conducted analysis of UNIX environment, and devised project plans for upgrading hardware and migration of software applications to new infrastructure.
  • Resolved system errors and crashes, disk space problems, huge file sizes, file system full errors.
  • Provided production support for end users on trading floor, including supporting large NIS and NFS implementation.

Solaris System Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

74.2%

Female

15.2%

Unknown

10.6%
Ethnicity

White

48.6%

Asian

19.3%

Hispanic or Latino

12.5%

Black or African American

11.3%

Unknown

8.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Korean

100.0%

Solaris System Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.4%

Community College of the Air Force

6.8%

Syracuse University

4.5%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

San Jose State University

4.5%

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

4.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.5%

Excelsior College

4.5%

Bryn Mawr College

4.5%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

4.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.5%

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

4.5%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.5%

Salt Lake Community College

4.5%

George Washington University

4.5%

Hawaii Pacific University

4.5%

Yale University

4.5%

University of Oklahoma

4.5%

More Tech Institute

4.5%

University of Texas at Austin

4.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

30.2%

Electrical Engineering

12.4%

Information Technology

9.8%

Business

7.1%

Computer Engineering

6.2%

Computer Information Systems

5.8%

Computer Applications

4.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.6%

Information Systems

3.1%

Education

3.1%

Engineering

2.7%

Project Management

2.2%

Management

1.3%

Biology

1.3%

Finance

1.3%

Computer Systems Security

1.3%

Chemistry

1.3%

History

1.3%

Management Information Systems

0.9%

Philosophy

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.4%

Other

19.7%

Masters

18.6%

Associate

8.4%

Certificate

2.2%

Diploma

2.2%

Doctorate

1.5%
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